On the plantation Trails - Kerala. COCHIN – MUNDAKAYAM – VAGAMON –MUNNAR

Relaxed itenanaries for 9 Nights 10 Days

Day 1
We receive you at Cochin Airport and is whisked away to our vehicle for transfer to Evergeen Estate Bungalow Koottickal in the home of Indian rubber in Mundakyam Valley.The drive is almost 4 hours on busy hours from the Airport.
After an hour and 30 minutes we stop over at a clean, green and serene Property at Thodupuzha named Ripples along River Periyar for refreshment. We move on and reach Evergreen as scheduled .Check in and relax, The house enjoy the art Deco style of construction and have ample space and is well spread out with Verahdhas offering great privacy. If the flight happens to be before 10 am we check in for Lunch and if the flight is between 10 Am and 2 Pm we will be having lunch at Ripples on our way. So Relax any way and enjoy the space in and around. By 7 Pm we offer you beer ,and you can enjoy it over a snack if you wish. A Heavy Dinner is yours. Enjoy it Heavy or light according to your comfort. Retire for the night.

Day 2
Morning get up according to your time, after tea of coffee set off for a small walk on to which we shall direct you according to your walking routine to the Hills close to our estate which is a medium gradient walk for about an hour, the estate road leads you into some scenic spots within the estate, we also have small pineapple plantation within. Or if you are not into much of morning walks, have breakfast and we will spend some time in the close proximity within the home and enjoy the morning, as birds flutter around. Or see the Rubber Tapping and its process.
The breakfast is ready by 8 Am, have it as you wish before 9.30am.
By 11am we can go to the near by rubber factory and see the process of rubber in a 1920s Pale Latex Crepe Factory which is a short walk or drive away. Back to Bungalow and Relax, Lunch may be served at 1 Pm. After lunch we leave the next 2 hours for your privacy and expect you for Tea by 3.30pm. After tea we move to the largest Rubber Plantation in India The Travancore Rubber and Tea Company along another large holding called Boyce Estate have a look into the varied activities of rubber and pineapple planting. We Stop over at scenic spots for a snack of a break. By 6 Pm we reach the 1912 Mundakayam planters Club have a beer if you wish to spend some time for a change in the club which offer great privacy. If you wish to skip the plantation visit in the afternoon go to the local village town to have feel of the place, buy some fruits etc…. Back to home, refresh and then for a beer by 7 Pm Dinner by 8.30 and off to yourself. to catch up with some reading.

Day 3
Morning we go the J J Murphy tomb (Pioneer of Rubber) and then explore the mountains and his old bungalow and estate which fall as the back drop of our bungalow and then reach the the other offered Home stay called Plapally Estate Bungalow Eco friendly Typical Planters home, built by my grand father and presently owned by another enthusiastic host Mr. Saijan Pulikal. Here enjoy the panoramic view and dip in a natural swimming pool if you wish Have a simple Lunch with very local cuisines made mostly from organic back yard cultivation. Back to Evergreen by 2 pm and relax. Or we can visit Pearl hill a bungalow placed on a land offering panoramic view of the hills surrounding the village. or go village walking and into Eldorado estate which is a one hour 30 minutes programme.

Optional on Day 3
We arrange a Cultural programme like Kathakali on Request with prior notice (5000 Rs for a performance for three hours) or an Elephant Ride according to the availability of the elephant (The charges for privately arranging an elephant varies from Indian rupees 10000 - 15000.00 for six hours so we will need a 2 month prior notice to do so and we recommend it only to the real elephant freaks.)
At Evergreen Bungalow you may choose from any of the activities shown in the activity in the web page.

Day 4
After Break fast by 9 Am we move to the plantation Retreat at Vagamon called Vagamon Heights on Thankakanam estate which is semi abandoned tea estate functioning as plantation stay, just under two hours from evergreen, here you have many activities outdoor. Check into an elevated cottage in the woods called Wood pecker or a villa named Wood side Relax for the evening enjoy a bonfire and barbeque.

Day 5
At Vagamon heights, do some flora and fauna spotting, go mountain cycling or just walk around the 300 acres of pure nature and have fresh dip in the natural pool along the streams. Enjoy the great privacy and nature along with the activities you are inclined to.

Day 6
We move to Munnar which is a 3 hour journey, check into Casa Del Montagna
Enoy Tea gardens and cardamom plantations along the drive upto casa del montagna .
Relax and enjoy the night in a country were the bracing air and the smell of the fire in place take you to a different mood. A pleasant feeling sets in as you enjoy your drink., I am sure ..

Day 7
Move to the main Munnar and visit the Tea measuem and then chose between Rajmallay the home of Mountain goats and the Highest peak South of Himalayas , you can catch a distant glimpse. The goats are friendly and come near you , the location is beyond description.
Or Move to Madupetty area and along the eco point and then do boating in the Matupetty Dam Lake or just drive upto Top station or just spend time along the scenic drive on the hills with a picnic stopover at any scenic places. Back to munnar have lunch at a Restrauant of your choice Do some Tea shopping and have feel of the munnar town ship.

The Guest have the option to visit Kollukumallai Tea estate , the highest Tea plantation in the world , the jeep drive is a full day programme from Cas Del Montagna , or various mild or hard treks or outdoor activities suiting your interests can be organized from Casa Del Montagna.
Reach back to Casa Del Montagna by 5 pm
Relax and enjoy the night.

Day 8
Morning move to Fort Kochi by 8 am and check into Old Harbour Hotel, by 1 pm one of the finest boutique hotel in the historical Olden day port town.
Chose from the various visits offered , places of history, Antique shops , and restraunts, it is a happening place, see cultural programmes or just stroll around and enjoy.

Day 9
Spend the morning at fort Kochi and till 10 am check out from the hotel and proceed to Alleppy and embark on a house boat which is an hours drive from Fort Kochi for a day cruise, enjoy the backwater and havetypical Kerala lunch on board, disembark at 5 pm and get back to main Cochin and check into Grand Hotel on M G Road by 7 pm.
Enjoy thedinner with fine Keral cusines or go continental, Grand is a fine Art Deco hotel ideally placed for your onward travel to the departure from Cochin Airport.

Day 10
The final day of the tour with fond memories to be shared between the guest and the Host which we do with great passion. We see you off as per flight schedule.

Activities are suggestive, as we can alter to your choice.
Tariff for two persons on all meal plan with 4 beverages and snacks per day till day 7 and on Breakfast plan for day 8, 9 and 10. Including transport on Muti utility Toyota Innova.
Tariff £1800 OR €2000 us $2750 Swiss Franc 3000 Australian $3125
Indian Rupees -1,25000.00